Northwestern State University of Louisiana
—" '"_" "
Dr. Randall J. Webb, 1965, 1966
President, Northwestern State University
There are a number of events held at Northwestern each year that
I look forward to. One of those eagerly awaited events is Homecoming.
I enjoy the opportunity to meet and visit with alumni from across the country, some of whom
are returning to the campus for the first time in many years. Those who have not visited in
a while are pleased to see the effort that goes into maintaining our beautiful campus and
making it a better place for our students, faculty and staff.
Homecoming is also an excellent opportunity to honor alumni, faculty and friends of the
university. We are proud of our alumni who have gone on to make a difference in the lives
of others and improve the communities in which they live. Our faculty do an outstanding job
of teaching students and helping prepare them for future careers. Many people who did not
attend Northwestern come into contact with the university and find out what a special place
it is and want to help us move forward. During Homecoming, we take time to tell people who
have helped us how important they are to us.
The fall semester has been a very productive one for Northwestern. The university
recently received high marks for the work we do in preparing teachers for the classroom.
Completers of our programs were ranked as highly effective in adding value to the public
schools in which they teach.
The university is creating more opportunities for our students who want to study out-
side the United States and learn about other cultures. The College of Education has start-
ed an exchange program with the Chungnam Province of South Korea. NSU students will
be able to travel to South Korea to teach English in their schools and Korean students will
come to Louisiana to teach.
The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences is developing an exchange pro-
gram with two universities in Canada, two in Mexico and the State University of New York at
Cobleskill. The grant, "Building Bridges Through Culture, Cuisine, Agriculture and Tourism,"
will provide unique learning experiences for some of our students and introduce other stu-
dents to our institutions.
Thank you again for all you do for Northwestern. I wish you and your family a happy
Director of Alumni and Development
Greetings from the Office of Alumni and Development!
It is a great honor and challenge for me to assume respon-
sibility for the Office of Alumni and Development at Northwestern.
We have a terrific staff and serve a great alumni base. It is truly a pleasure to be affili-
ated with our students, faculty and administrators.
For decades, Northwestern has contributed to the vitality of Louisiana and our
nation. My vision is for you to value your association with Northwestern and to take
pride in these contributions and your own personal accomplishments, influenced by
In the Office of Alumni and Development, our commitment is to excellence in
everything we do. You are a part of the past, as well as the present, of Northwestern
and we are excited about continuing a mutually rewarding relationship with you in the
future. I look forward to seeing you soon and invite you to call on me for assistance in
any manner. Go Demons!
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Volume XVII Number 4 Winter 2007
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NSU ALUMNI OFFICERS
President Jerry Brungart.
Natchitoches, 1969, 1971
Vice President Joseph B. Stamey.
Secretary-Treasurer Dr. Lisa Mathews.
Executive Director Kevin McCotter
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jerry Brungart Natchitoches. 1969. 1971
Tommy Chester Arcadia. 1969
Leonard Endris Shreveport. 1974. 1975
Adrian Howard Arlington. Texas, 1989
Patricia Wiggins Hrapmann Destrehan. 1973. 1978
Gail Jones Natchez. 1981. 1998
Matt Koury Leesville. 1995
Bryant Lewis Haynesville, 1958
Carroll Long Tyler, Texas. 1970
Dr. Lisa Mathews Benton, 1992
David Morgan Austin. Texas. 1973
Kip Patrick Shreveport. 1995
Joseph B. Stamey Natchitoches. 1983
Glenn Talbert Shreveport. 1964
Ricky Walmsley Covington, 1985
J. Michael W'ilburn Shreveport. 1975
Jimmy Williams . .* Alexandria. 1993
Dr. Leonard A. Williams New Orleans. 1993
Shayne Creppel Natchitoches
The Alumni Columns is published in
spring, summer, fall and winter.
Leah Pilcher Jackson. 1994
Doug Ireland. 1986
Beth McPherson Mann, 1975
NSU Press Publications Office
Northwestern State University is accredited by the Com-
mission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges
and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-
4097: Telephone number 404-679-4501) to award Associ-
ate, Baccalaureate, Master's, Specialist and Doctorate
Cover: Members of the Northwestern's recruiting team are, front row from left, Carolyn Gatti (2005, 2007),
Jamila Maxie (2000), Jana Lucky (1988, 1992), Melanie McBride (2001), Becky Stephens, Nikki Ceasar
(2007), Linda Walker and Ashlee Hewitt (2001 ). On the back row are Michael Puissegur (2007), Stephanie
Lawrence (2006), Catherine Caldwell (2005), Ellen Dutsch (2003) and Steven Wood (2006).
It is the policy of Northwestern State University of
Louisiana not to discriminate on the basis of race, color,
religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability in its educa-
tional programs, activities or employment practices.
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Alumni play important role in recruiting students
n today's highly competitive
climate, Northwestern s
recruiting plan is focused on
personalized attention. Using
alumni to attract promising
students is a focus of the uni-
versity's recruiting model.
"Our alumni are our best recruiters. Alumni
are particularly effective in helping with recruit-
ing receptions. Ours are not just held in a hotel
lobby. They are almost always hosted by an
alumnus in their home, so the focus is on the
experience that alumnus had at Northwestern."
— Jana Lucky (1992. 2001 ), director of University Recruiting
Eighty-five to 90 percent of the stu-
dents who attend one of the approximate-
ly 15 recruiting receptions held around
the state choose to enroll at Northwest-
ern. The receptions take place throughout
Louisiana and in 2008 will include a Dal-
"Those receptions are attention-get-
ting because they take place during the
decision months, February and March,"
Dr. Roy Divittorio (1993) and his
wife Kim hosted a recruiting reception in
their Covington home.
"I enjoyed talking to the prospective
students and telling them about the NSU
experience. My college years were some
of the best times of my life. Talking with
the students and their parents was an
opportunity to reflect on my experiences
and answer questions." Divittorio said.
"The students and their parents appreciat-
ed the personal interaction with the NSU
staff and alumni. I hoped the event would
target high achieving students from this
area to showcase NSU."
Northwestern 's recruiters cover spe-
cific zones in Louisiana and each attend
40 to 50 college fairs a year. 320 to 400 as
a staff, where they gather information
from students interested in the university
and add them to a database. The prospec-
tive students receive calendars of events.
view books, applications, reminders and
invitations to special events. After the
fairs, the recruiters arrange visits to
schools and interact with prospective stu-
dents through guidance counselors to
present information about academics, stu-
dent involvement, and applications for
"We go to
every school in
the state and as
many as possi-
ble in east
that draws a
student to campus, such as camps, work-
shops, athletic events or academic com-
petitions, is a recruiting opportunity.
"We work with every area of the uni-
versity." Lucky said. "If someone in an
academic department is hosting some-
thing that is bringing prospective students
to campus, we want to know about it so
we can be there to get their information."
Students who participated in this past
summer's Boys and Girls State program
at Northwestern will be tracked to deter-
mine that program's effect on enrollment.
The feedback from Boys and Girls state
has been very positive. Lucky said.
Because it would be impossible for
the recruiters to attend every college fair
in east Texas. Lucky and her staff created
the Alumni in Marketing (AIM) program,
in which alumni represent the university
at fairs by setting up an information table,
having students complete inquiry cards
and answer questions.
Michael Cox (1997) has worked
events in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for
the past five years at Duncanville High
School. Waxahachie High School. Irving
ISD. Cleburn High School and Rio Vista,
where he is currently director of bands.
"I received a lot of positive respons-
es, and was surprised to see that NSU is
recognized a lot in the DFW area." he
said. "I have also run into several NSU
alumni at each event as well. Most of
the time students ask about programs.
cost of attendance, and scholarships.
Occasionally they will ask about classes."
A native of Longview. Texas, Cox
first became aware of NSU while watch-
ing a Spirit of Northwestern marching
band performance at a marching contest.
He later attended a summer music camp.
After attending a Texas junior college for
two years, he selected Northwestern over
a Texas university because he and his
family were made to feel welcome when
they visited the campus.
"The university did a lot for me and
for that I will always be grateful. That is
why I jumped at the chance to help with
the recruiting efforts." he said.
"When talking to prospective stu-
dents. I tell them that the university is
uniquely able to give you the education of
a large university without feeling like
one." he said. "Students know their pro-
fessors in their major subject areas, and
can come to them for assistance or just
extra tutoring. The campus is beautiful
and gets more so thanks to all of the
improvements being made. Cost of
attendance is outstanding especially
when compared to Texas schools."
Megan Sandlin Bostick (2005). a
former NSU recruiter has also been work-
ing events in the Dallas area since last
"I was already very familiar with the
AIM program and I know how important
it is to have our alumni help with the
recruiting process." she said. "I plan on
doing as much as I can to help. So far I
have done the college programs at the
high schools where I set up a table with
over 100 other universities, and the stu-
Bostick said she gets good response
even though she is often competing for
attention with bigger universities.
"A lot of them were very impressed
when they heard about everything that
NSU has to offer and when they also
found out that it is really only about four
hours from their home." she said. The
prospective students typically seek infor-
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mation about the city, academ-
ic programs, athletic pro-
grams, student/teacher ratio,
housing and scholarships
while parents are most inter-
ested in admissions criteria,
campus organizations, safety
and financial aid.
Anyone interested in
helping with a college fair can
contact Ellen Dutsch (2003),
store, tailgating and special
seating at a football game.
Technology has made it
much easier to keep the
prospective students informed.
This year, a Facebook group
for high school students was
"We add something dif-
ferent every year and send out
mass e-mails to remind
prospective students of things
with links to
''Alumni can also refer students directly to
the recruiting office. That is a huge
recruiting tool and we want to continue
that. The students who are referred get
top priority. The alumni are great about
sending us names and those prospective
students get very special treatment."
— Jana Lucky
Events like Senior Day
draw prospective students and
their families to campus. Last
year, the recruiters hosted 440
prospective students with their
families, totaling more than
1,000 guests for that one
event. Senior Day includes a
guest speaker, academic
browse, organizational browse,
lunch, tours of campus and of
the city, a visit to the book-
sent out an e-
mail on how
the fight song
and are work-
ing on a virtual tour of campus
in which students click on a
map to see pictures of residen-
tial facilities and other build-
ings like the WRAC."
The office also uses a
pivot table database to sort
students into various demo-
graphics, such as city, school,
gender or area of interest, so
the prospective students can
receive personalized e-mails
about topics of specific inter-
est to them. They are also cre-
ating a parent database to
communicate with parents
Director of Enrollment
Services Dr. Mary Edith Stacy
(1991, 1996) oversees recruit-
ing, admissions and financial
aid, three critical areas for
incoming students. Her staff
connects prospective students
to the academic side of col-
lege life by making sure each
applicant complies with
admissions criteria and meets
enrollment standards. Each
year, Stacy sets realistic budg-
et projections and goals for
recruiters, and informs high
schools about changes in
admissions policies and stan-
"If you look at it in a
business sense, the buying
patterns of college students
have not changed," she said.
"We examine why students
leave and project trends based
on behavior patterns."
Fall 2007 enrollment
exceeded Stacy's projections
by only about a dozen stu-
In addition to traditional
first-time college freshmen, a
large focus of recruiting is on
transfer students, particularly
from community colleges, and
adult learning populations.
"Those students get a
very personalized experiences
with recruiting, and many of
them are referred by alumni,"
Lucky said. "Alumni often
encourage non-traditional stu-
dents to go back to college, to
finish their degrees. That part
of recruiting is very special-
ized and very personal."
"We focus on relation-
ships and being a personal
The message is that North-
western is large enough to
service you and small enough
to know you."
To refer a student, call
at (318) 357-4503
or (800) 327-1903, or
e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
To learn more about the
AIM program, contact
Ellen Dutsch at (318)
357-4613 or e-mail her at
Last August, University officials and oth-
ers took part in the groundbreaking for
the second phase of new campus housing
on the old site of Rapides Hall. A new
$17.7 million residence hall, University
Place II, will be built on the site and
should be ready for the fall 2008 semes-
ter. Attending the ceremony were, from
left, NSU Vice President for External
Affairs Jerry Pierce, State Rep. Taylor Townsend, John Chachere and Jim Short of Campus Living Villages, Mike Gray of
Spring Valley Construction, Northwestern President Dr. Randall J. Webb, Northwestern Student Government Association
President Shayne Creppel, Pat Johnson of Regional Construction Company, NSU Director of Enrollment Services Dr. Mary
Edith Stacy, Clerk of the Works George Minturn, NSU Dean of Students and Assistant Provost for Student Success Dr. Chris
Maggio, NSU Director of Auxiliary Services Jennifer Kelly, financial consultant Toby Cortez of Sisung Securities, North-
western Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Thomas Hanson, Troy Bayham of Campus Living Villages,
Northwestern Vice President for Business Affairs Carl Jones, NSU Executive Assistant to the President Robert Crew, Jimmy Long,
chairman of the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System, former Northwestern Vice President for Stu-
dent Affairs Dr. Dan Seymour and NSU Facilities Coordinator Billy Barton.
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My fellow alumni:
"t is hard to believe
that this is my 20th
.year to work at
Chris MaggiO Northwestern State Uni-
versity. For the last
eight years, I've had the honor serving
you as Director of Alumni. I vividly
remember when I began in the Alum-
ni Office saying to myself, "if I can
only do half as good a job as my pred-
ecessors, then I know I will have suc-
ceeded." My immediate predecessor,
Dr. Steve Horton, did a tremendous
job with organizing and structuring
the office, and who can forget long-
time Director Elise James, and her
colorful personality and unwavering
I now turn the page, and it is with
optimism that 1 have accepted a new
role at Northwestern, Dean of Stu-
dents and Assistant Provost for Stu-
dent Success. My initial thoughts are
to remember some the deans that held
this position at NSU: Leonard
Nichols, Dudley Fulton, Fred
Bosarge, Fred Fulton, Dan Seymour.
and Lucile Hendricks just to name a
few, and a special thanks to my prede-
cessor, Dr. Patrice Moulton. I look
forward to emulating their successes
in working hand-in-hand with the stu-
dents on a daily basis.
I would also like to take this
opportunity to introduce you to our
new Director of Alumni and Develop-
ment. Mr. Kevin McCotter.
I hope that you will get to know
Kevin and offer him the same encour-
agement that you have to me. I know
that he will sustain and exceed the
success we are enjoying. The best
years are ahead for our school.
It has been a privilege to know
and work with you. Thank you for
your friendship, your generosity and
your continued support of me and of
Northwestern State University.
McCotter named Director of
Alumni and Development
Kevin McCotter has been named acting director of the Office of Alumni
and Development at Northwestern State University. The Office of Alumni and
Development works to promote the educational and cultural welfare of North-
western State University through student scholarships, research activities and
other benefits for the University, its faculty and students.
McCotter brings an extensive pro-
fessional and civic background to the
position. He began working for Bell-
South in 1972 and served the company
in various capacities throughout
Louisiana during a 34-year career. He
retired from BellSouth in 2006 as
regional director of north and western
McCotter is an active member of
the community having served in various
organizations. He is the president of
Campus Facilities, Inc., which devel-
oped and built the new $55 million
campus for Bossier Parish Community
College. He is the vice president of the
Military Affairs Council, and was
responsible for the 2007 Barksdale Air Show and Celebrate Barksdale event.
McCotter has been a member of the NSU Foundation Board and also served in
leadership positions on the boards of numerous civic and statewide organiza-
tions. He has participated in many educational ventures including serving as a
board member, vice chairman and chairman of the Louisiana Community and
Technical College System Board of Supervisors.
*'I am delighted and honored to be in this position," said McCotter. "North-
western is a great institution with a rich history and a tremendous number of
assets that should allow us to continue developing the programs of the NSU
Foundation and the Alumni Association."
McCotter plans to have the Alumni Association and Foundation work close-
ly with the university's academic departments to gain external support from
alumni and friends of the university. He also intends to increase Northwestern 's
involvement in economic development in the region and the state.
"Northwestern is in the knowledge business," he said. "It is tremendously
satisfying to represent the university in its philanthropic relationships with our
stakeholders. Northwestern helps prepare people for productive lives and con-
tributes to a thriving economy."
NSU is wrapping up its first capital campaign, exceeding its goal of $18.84
million by more than $13 million and McCotter plans to build on that momen-
tum along with the increased awareness among Northwestern supporters about
the positive impact of private giving.
"I want to be able to increase the number of endowed scholarships and pro-
fessorships and grow the endowment," he said. "We want to increase our entre-
preneurship in designing planned giving opportunities that create a win/win sit-
uation for those who support the university."
A West Virginia native, McCotter grew up in Shreveport. He received an
MBA from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University.
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Four distinguished alumni inducted
Four Northwestern State Univer-
sity graduates were selected as
the 2007 inductees into the
Alumni Hall of Distinction, the Long
Purple Line. The honorees are,
Bryant Lewis of Haynesville, John A.
Manno, Jr., of Bossier City, Maj.
Gen. (ret.) Charles W. "Chuck"
Thomas of Alexandria, Va., and
David Wright of Natchitoches.
Lewis owns and operates Mag-
nolia Pulpwood Company along with
timberland holdings. He has been
active in a number of local profes-
sional, civic and religious organiza-
tions including the Claiborne Parish
and Columbia County Chamber of
Commerce, the Haynesville Lions
Club and the Haynesville United
"I always felt at home at North-
western," said Lewis. "I was able to
make a number of lifelong friends
while I was in college. I was also for-
tunate to have a number of outstand-
ing faculty such as Mr. Kenneth Durr,
Mr. Robert Easley and more. So
many of them were so knowledgable.
They really prepared you for the
world after college."
Manno is vice president and co-
owner of Southland Printing Co. in
Shreveport. He is a board member
for the Volunteers of America and the
American Red Cross Northwest
Louisiana Chapter. Manno has also
been a member of the board and past
president of the Sales and Marketing
Executives of Shreveport/Bossier, a
member of the Krewe of Gemini and
on the board of directors of the
Strand Theatre and the University
Club. He has also been active in Holy
Trinity and St. Pius X Catholic
"One of the things I have set out
to do is try to make a positive differ-
ence in my community and in the
world," he said. "I promised myself
that I would do that once I had the
financial ability to do so."
A native of Natchitoches,
Thomas earned a bachelor's and
master's degree at Northwestern. He
was commissioned in the U.S. Army
as a second lieutenant in 1969 and
retired from active duty in 2001 after
32 years of service as a major gener-
After retiring from active duty,
he became vice president of Army
and Marine Corps programs for BAE
Systems. His father, Dr. Charles F.
Thomas, is also a member of the
Long Purple Line, making them the
first father/son combination to gain
"To put it mildly I was pleased
and surprised. I'm a great fan of my
father, Dr. Charles F. "Red" Thomas,
and am truly honored to join him in
the Long Purple Line," said Gen.
Thomas. "Frankly, I'm humbled to
be there not only with him, but also
with the marvelous list of truly won-
derful graduates of Northwestern."
Wright is regional sales manager
for Fortune 500 company Forest
Pharmaceuticals. He has been with
the company for 17 years and has
been a member of the President's
Lloyd Ponder (1949) of
Natchitoches was honored as the
first recipient of the The Norman
Taylor Dowty Patriotism Award at
Northwestern State University's
Homecoming banquet. The award
will be presented to an alumnus for
heroism, patriotism and distin-
guished service to our country. The
award committee will meet annual-
ly to consider prospective hon-
orees but will present the award
only in years when it is determined
by the committee that there is an
especially worthy and deserving
individual to be honored with this
special award. Attending the pres-
entation were (from left) Amy Lore,
who is Dowty's daughter, Lloyd Ponder, his wife Joyce Ponder and Northwestern President Dr. Randall J. Webb.
Lloyd Ponder was in the Army Air Corps and fought at Battan and Corregidor in World War II. He spent more than
three years in a Japanese POW camp before being released. Lloyd Ponder later earned a bachelor's and master's
degree at Northwestern and had a successful career as an educator in vocational-technical schools.
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into NSU's Long Purple Line
Four Northwestern State University graduates were inducted into the Alumni Hall of Distinction, the Long Pur-
ple Line, as part of Homecoming activities. This year's honorees were (from left) Maj. Gen. (ret.) Charles W.
"Chuck" Thomas of Alexandria, Va., David Wright of Natchitoches, Bryant Lewis of Haynesville and John A.
Manno, Jr. of Bossier City. They are shown with NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb.
Club. Wright manages nine district
managers, 140 sales representatives
and 10 specialty sales representatives
responsible for generating $50 mil-
he was a sales representative and
regional sales manager for UAD Lab-
A standout football player at
induction into the Graduate "N" Club
Hall of Fame. Wright was a football
coach at St. Mary's High School and
Claiborne Academy before beginning
lion in sales. From 1985 until 1990. Northwestern, he was chosen for his career in pharmaceutical sales.
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HALL OF DISTINGUISHED EDUCATORS
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
2007 inductees into the College of Education Hall of Dis-
tinguished Educators were, from left, Dr. Maurice E. Den-
nis, Jean McGlothlin Doerge, Bob McLemore, Ann V.
Dauzat and Leonard Wayne Hennigan
Seven men were enshrined in the Graduate N Club Hall of
Fame, the highest athletic honor issued by Northwestern
State University. Pictured after their introduction at the
homecoming football game were football and track star
Ted Simon, national championship gymnastics coaches
Armando Vega and Fred Martinez, along with Maureen
Floyd, mother of football standout Bill Johnson; Joe Ray-
mond Peace, Johnson's position coach from 1975-78,
and football stars Kevin Lewis and Keith Hodnett. Not pic-
tured is gymnastics coach Jeff Hennessy.
Sherry Fargerson Morgan, Monty Chicola and Kenneth
Moran were among the 2007 inductees into the NSU Col-
lege of Business Hall of Distinction. From left are Dr. Jerry L.
Wall, dean of the college; Fargerson, Chicola and Moran. Not
shown are inductees Jim Bridges and Juanita Coutee.
Northwestern State University President Dr. Randall J.
Webb honored the 2007 recipients of the Excellence in
Teaching Award at the annual Homecoming banquet. This
year's recipients were, from left, Dr. Rondo Keele,
Louisiana Scholars' College; Connie Melder, College of
Education; Webb; Dr. Susan Barnett, College of Liberal
Arts; Dr. Rick Tarver, College of Business; and Dr. Frank
Serio, College of Science and Technology. Also receiving
the award was Debra Shelton, College of Nursing.
The first ever NSU Gymnastics Team Reunion took place this year during Homecoming festivities. Gymnasts from 1950-
1970 were invited to reunite and celebrate with former team members. In attendance for the reunion were 30 former gym-
nasts accompanied by 50 guests. The reunion reception offered recognition to some of NSU's most accomplished athletes.
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New York City
Attending the alumni gathering at Jacques-lmo's in New
York on Sept. 29 were Henry Manns (1961), Michael
Chance (1973), Himanshu Singh (1998) and Dr. Jack
Wann, NSU professor emeritus of theatre.
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Getting acquainted were Denise Patrick (1977), Kathy
Merten (2000), Dan Houlihan, Paula Miniotis and George
Wr* rj xi
NSU graduates employed with S
Farm gathered at Los Potrillos in
Bloomington, III., on Aug. 10.
Chicago-area alumni gathered Aug. 11, at O'Donovan's Pub & Restaurant: From
left are Chris Maggio (1985, 1991), Patricia Fee, Kelvin Fee (1982), Drake
Owens (2004, 2005), William Broussard (2000), Kim Bayma (2006), Elaine
Marx and Michael Marx (1965).
Homecoming Golf Tournament
The first place team in the Alumni Golf
Tournament held Oct. 26 included, from
left, Victor Jones, Jay Bankston, Stuart
Wright (1977) and Francis Deloney.
The team of Loye Wilson, Sidney Williams
(1986), Pete Cramer and Ric Ellis (1986)
won third place in the golf tournament.
Ken Rams, Justin Mann, Jarrod Cox (1997)
and Hall Adams (1997) earned second place
in the Oct. 26 Homecoming golf tournament.
Jack Brittain (1979), in
front, Ken Meeks (1977),
Tammy Trichell and Jeff Dal-
ton joined the fun in the
Alumni Golf Tournament.
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9b? Marguerite Hudson (1949, 1973) presented a copy
of her first book, a historical novel entitled "Whiskey
Chitto Women," to Fleming Thomas, director of Libraries
at NSU. The novel is based on family stories about Hud-
son's great-grandparents, Ellen and Aaron Johnson, and
during the Civil
she was making the
honor of her for-
mer student, Dr.
Randall J. Webb,
and in memory of
his father, Joe
Webb, who was her
professor at North-
The book was
selected as the
Book of the Year by the Southwest Louisiana Technical
College system. Hudson was recognized at a banquet in
Lake Charles in October.
Hudson is a retired English teacher. She resides in
Benton with her husband Billy (1948). More information
is available at her website www.mwhudson.com.
w Cindy McAbee Chapman (1988) is doing on-camera
work for a new concept show called KARE onLIVE for KARE
1 1 TV in Minneapolis, Minn., the first and only show of its kind
in the country for a local news market. Chapman stepped down
from producing the 10 p.m. newscast and is now the live on-line
chat person daily at 4 p.m. on the station and appears during the
show reading comments from the audience.
"We are on TV and the internet so you can watch us on the
air or on-line. Our show is then streamed for 24 hours so peo-
ple can watch any time of day," Chapman said. "The coolest
part of the show is that we take live chat during the show. That's
where I come in. I monitor the chat and then talk about it on the
air." The link is www.karell.com/onlive.
© David L. Bedard (1968, 1972) has published a new Viet-
nam War memoir, "I Remember Quan Loi: Annus Horribilis
(The Horrible Year)." In his book, Bedard calls Vietnam "the
Baby Boomers' Iraq" and writes of the horrors and loneliness he
faced as a young Army soldier stationed in Quan Loi, an isolat-
ed hilltop outpost in the jungles of Vietnam.
Bedard was an All-American gymnast who had lived in
Texas and graduated college before enlisting in the Army.
"The Vietnam War had made an impression on my body and
soul that would last a lifetime," Bedard wrote. "The war was a
life-changing experience for me."
Bedard's autobiography also recounts his return to the Unit-
ed States after Vietnam and tells of the frustrating way veterans
of that war were treated. His book also reveals how Bedard real-
ized he could not fit back into the life he knew in America before
the war and recounts how he eventually came to grips with the
man he had become.
It took Dr. Bedard, a Professor Emeritus of Centenary Col-
lege, decades to write about his experiences in Vietnam.
For further information on the book, contact Mitchell Usch-
er at Lllumina Press, at email@example.com.
t2P Winnie Dowden Wyatt (1953) has penned her third novel,
"The Peeled Ones Have Come," which describes events during
an American family's three-year stay in Nigeria. Wyatt served as
a missionary in Nigeria, West Africa, where she worked with
children's literature and has published several stories and arti-
cles from that era. Her first two novels were "The Little Dry,"
set in Africa, and "Thee Glass Windows," set in rural America.
Wyatt and her husband live on a small Angus ranch in Glen
Rose, Texas, and are the parents of four grown sons. Informa-
tion about Wyatt's book can be found e-mailing
tS? Jeff Harris (1985), a graduate in Electronic Engineering
Technology has been promoted to director of corporate telecom-
munication managing employees in 27 states. Harris has been
employed since graduation with Texas Gas Transmission in
*£? Gary Fields (1982, 1984) was presented with the second
annual North Star News Prize on Nov. 17, 2007, in New York
City. The North Star News Prize recognizes people of color who
have made outstanding contributions to journalism, media and
communications. The name comes from the anti-slavery news-
paper, the North Star, founded by Frederick Douglass in 1847.
The News Prize acknowledges outstanding journalism and
media professionals who have taken Douglass' words to heart:
"In order for justice to be done, we must not be silent."
Fields is a member of the Long Purple Line and currently
works for the Wall Street Journal.
C^ Alumnus Jeff Hennessy (1951, 1958) was incorrectly iden-
tified in the Fall edition of Alumni Columns. Hennessy is a
noted athlete and trampoline coach, who is a member of the
N Club. He is a Lafayette resident.
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Jones named University Affairs VP
Marcus Jones has been named vice president for Universi-
ty Affairs at NSU. Jones will be responsible for the oversight of
construction projects, maintenance, custodial and general
upkeep of all university facilities and grounds.
Jones brings an extensive academic, business and legal
background to the position. Jones is a graduate of Northwestern
with a bachelor's degree in business administration and finance,
a master's in international trade and finance from Grambling
State University and a law degree from Southern University
Law Center where he was managing editor of the Southern Law
Review. He also studied international business and finance at
the University of Plymouth in Plymouth, England.
Jones has been a member of Northwestern 's faculty from
1994 to 1996 as an instructor of business and from 1999 to the
present. He was an assistant professor of business law and inter-
national business from 1999 until 2005 when he was promoted
to associate professor. While on the faculty, he has taught cours-
es in microeconomics, macroeconomics, computer information
systems, Microsoft Office, busi-
ness law, international business,
public school law and personal
Since 1999, Jones has
maintained a private law prac-
tice. He has also been treasurer
and consultant of the Northwest
Louisiana Athletic League and has served in several capacities
including co-editor of "Callaloo," a literary magazine based at
Jones has also been treasurer and a consultant to the Ben D.
Johnson Educational Foundation and finance/accounts manager
and consultant for the Ben D. Johnson Construction and Finance
Co. In his role with the construction and finance company, Jones
supervised subcontractors at construction sites, managed the
company's operating budget, provided financial oversight and
worked in economic development.
100 Years of Football
Members of the Top 100 are introduced at halftime of the Henderson State game on Sept. 1.
Family establishes David and Sam Gallien Athletic Scholarship
From the 1890s through today. Northwestern State Univer-
sity has played a vital part in the Gallien family tradition. Their
love for NSU, and support for NSU Athletics, has led to the
establishment of The David and Sam Gallien Athletic Scholar-
The Gallien brothers were Northwestern alumni and avid
supporters of the NSU athletic program who would thoroughly
enjoy watching one of their family members, Lyndzee Greene,
playing today for the Lady Demons basketball team. She is a
sophomore guard who led the team with 31 3-point baskets last
The Gallien Scholarship was initiated with a donation of
$2,500 from Mike and Andrea Gallien, Houston residents who
are longstanding Select 100 NSU Athletic Association donors.
They have committed to fully funding the scholarship through
Family members gathered to celebrate the creation of The
David and Sam Gallien Athletic Scholarship were Thomas
Chester, Cindy Chester, Christina Chester, Tommy Chester,
Mike Gallien, along with Mackenzie Greene and current
Lady Demon basketball player Lyndzee Greene, and their
mother, Linda Gallien Greene.
personal contributions, along with donations from other family
members and friends.
Continued on page 10
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NSU student athletes excel
in the classroom
Northwestern State again ranks high in an NCAA survey
assessing the academic performance by its student-athletes,
with a strong showing throughout the athletics program in the
NCAA Graduation Success Rate report issued in October.
The NCAA's report "graded" all teams at Division I institu-
tions by tracking the percentage of their student-athletes who
graduated. This year's data tracks student-athletes entering
school from 1997-2000 by sport.
The graduation success rate (GSR) gives a more accurate
account of how schools and athletes are doing than the federal
graduation rates the NCAA previously used, and which the U.S.
Department of Education still subscribes to, according to the
NCAA. The GSR counts transfers into and out of a college; the
federal method does not.
Among the 12 Division I Louisiana schools, eight of 10
Northwestern teams had a GSR in the top half. The men's bas-
ketball program and the softball team at NSU led the state with
their graduation rates. The Lady Demon basketball team ranked
second and baseball was third in the state. Women's cross coun-
try/track and field ranked fourth, while men's cross coun-
try/track and field, along with tennis, stood fifth, and football
was sixth statewide.
Among the dozen Southland Conference member institu-
tions, Northwestern had eight of its 10 sports ranked in the
upper third, fourth or higher. The Demon basketball team also
led all conference members, with women's basketball and base-
ball ranking second, while softball, women's soccer and men's
cross country /track and field ranked third, and football and
women's cross country stood fourth. Women's tennis was fifth.
"Graduating student-athletes is the ultimate goal at North-
western State University and it is wonderful that the most recent
NCAA Graduation Success Rate report shows we are doing that
well," said director of athletics Greg Burke. "Credit goes to
Academic Advisor Julie Lessiter. the NSU coaching staff, and
our outstanding faculty and the administration for making aca-
demic success a priority at NSU. The university's academic sup-
port system, provides our student-athletes with an excellent
opportunity to earn a degree."
Continued from page 9
Gallien Athletic Scholarship
"Northwestern State University has long played an
important role in my life and in the lives of many members of
the Gallien and Miller families. As an alum (NSU '81), I take
great pride in the fact that I was a fourth generation graduate,
beginning with my great-grandmother attending Normal in
the 1890s," said Mike Gallien. "My dad, Sam, also took great
pride in the fact that he received both his B.S. (1958) and M.S.
(1962) from the then Northwestern State College. Both Sam
and (his brother) David cherished their days at Northwestern
and appreciated the opportunities that an education at a
regional state university afforded them. I, too, appreciate the
education that I received at NSU and I have been blessed
beyond measure, due in part to that education."
Throughout their lives, Sam and David strongly support-
ed Northwestern. Sam, who suffered an untimely death (can-
cer) at age 37 in 1970, instilled a love for the university to all
who knew him. David, a 1963 graduate of NSC, was a life-
long resident of Natchitoches, and a member of the NSU Ath-
Sam and David were the uncles of Tommy Chester,
longtime member of both the NSU Alumni and Athletic Asso-
Don Purser never missed a chance to brag about
his alma mater, Northwestern State, and he
regaled friends, family and anyone who would listen
with tales illustrating his love for NSU and, as a former
football player, his pride in the Demons and Lady
After Mr. Purser's passing, it could not have been
more appropriate for Mrs. Purser and the family to
establish The Don Purser Memorial Scholarship sup-
porting student-athetes, and for an already annual
summer event in his hometown of Winnfield to be
renamed "The Don Purser Memorial Golf Tourna-
The Purser Scholarship will benefit a fifth-year or
summer school scholarship for a Demon football play-
er. Four-year starter Jason O'Brien of Abbeville was the
initial recipient last year.
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... news and notes from athletics
Reunion dates are set for NSU Demon and Lady Demon basketball.
Former players, coaches, staff members, managers and trainers, along with
family and friends, are invited to take part in the annual reunions.
Coach Jennifer Graf and the Lady Demons will host their reunion on
Saturday, Feb. 9, in conjunction with the 2 o'clock Southland Conference
game in Prather Coliseum against Central Arkansas.
Coach Mike McConathy and the Demons are staging their reunion on
Saturday, March 1 , when NSU plays host to Southeastern in a 2 p.m. SLC
battle at Prather Coliseum.
Reunion participants have enjoyed meals, game tickets, halftime
recognitions and meeting the current players and coaches.
For additional information, call the NSU basketball offices at 3 1 8-357-
5891 (women) or 318-357-4274 (men), and check the
SLC Basketball Tournament set for metro Houston
There's a new venue but the same general location for this season's
Southland Conference Basketball Tournament. The event, March 12-16,
will be played in the beautiful Merrell Center in Katy, Texas, on the west
side of Houston.
NSU athletics has a block of 200 tickets for seats with fans of the
Demons and Lady Demons. Those seats are available exclusively through
the NSU athletic ticket office (318-357-4268), and any tickets not sold to
supporters must be charged to the NSU athletic department.
The Demons have played in three straight SLC Tournament champi-
onship games. The Lady Demons have played in nine. Both teams are pro-
jected to have strong seasons.
Daw's takes over Demons' dugout
The new head baseball coach at Northwestern isn't new to the Demons
at all. After serving as pitching coach at NSU for the last seven seasons,
three in which the Demons won Southland Conference championships, Jon
Paul Davis was promoted in July to take charge.
Davis succeeds Mitch Gaspard, head coach for the past six seasons,
who resigned in June to become the No. 1 assistant to former NSU head
coach Jim Wells at the University of Alabama.
Since Wells arrived and revitalized Northwestern 's program, the
Demons have won nine of the last 17 SLC championships with 654 wins,
a .602 winning percentage, and six 40-win seasons since 1990, best by any
Davis, 36, was hired by John Cohen prior to the 2001 season in which
Northwestern won the SLC title with a 38-17 mark. Gaspard retained him
after Cohen's departure following the 2001 season, and the Demons imme-
diately won another SLC title. The third Southland crown won in his tenure
came in 2005, when NSU set a league marks with 22 wins and an .815 win-
ning percentage in league play (22-5) and a record six-game margin in the
Known as "J.P.," Davis received ringing endorsements from Gaspard,
former and current players and emerged from a four-week national search
as the choice to lead the NSU program.
One of his craftiest pitchers, left-hander Zach Sanches (2001-03), was
the winning pitcher over third-ranked LSU as a sophomore.
" Coach D' was one of the main reasons I was successful at NSU. I had
a terrible fall my first year but he stuck with me and turned my career
around." said Sanchez, now district sales manager for Association Member
Benefits Advisors. "He is tenacious, he's a winner, and he gets the most out
Second Century drive aims to
enhance outdoor athletic facilities
Northwestern State athletics has
unveiled plans for a new facility
enhancement project to dramatically
improve the appearance of all outdoor
The project, once completed in
early 2008, will not only increase stu-
dent-athletes' and coaches' pride in their
facilities and improve the fan experi-
ence, but also serve as an excellent
recruiting tool and improve the perception of the NSU ath-
letic department locally, regionally, and even nationally.
The Second Century Circle Athletic Stadium
Enhancement Project (SCCASEP) will feature the instal-
lation of beautiful decorative iron fencing replacing all
chain-link fencing surrounding Brown-Stroud Field (base-
ball), The Demon Diamond (softball), The Walter Ledet
Track and Field Complex (Track and Field), and Turpin
Stadium (football). The improvements will also feature
elegant seven-foot brick columns, modeled after those
featured at the entrances to Northwestern, and 10-foot
columns that will mark the entrances at the baseball,
track, and softball complexes.
The final product will result in a metaphorical linking
between all of the Demon Athletics outdoor facilities, and
also pay homage to local architectural history and culture
while drawing influences from across campus, seamless-
ly blending with the beautiful brick pillars that surround
The corresponding campaign, entitled the Second
Century Circle, will serve as the funding vehicle that will
ensure that the Northwestern Athletic Association can
completely fund the project and ensure its timely comple-
tion. The name of the project speaks to Demon Athletics
entering its second century of competition, with 2007
marking the 100th year of intercollegiate athletics at NSU.
With a total cost of $725,000 to complete the project and
$400,000 secured from multiple sources, the Athletic
Association needs to raise a total of $325,000 to com-
plete the project. The Second Century Circle includes
three levels of support, corresponding to the amount
donated toward completion of the project.
"One surely can appreciate the impact that this proj-
ect will have on these facilities, the teams that play there,
the athletic department, and the university," said Director
of Athletics Greg Burke. "Recruiting will receive a major
boost because 18-year olds definitely consider the quali-
ty of facilities in their signing-day decisions. On a daily
basis, everyone associated with the athletic department
will feel good about the appearance of these facilities."
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♦ A scholarship has been established at Northwestern State
University in memory of Cheryl Perot Donaho (1974. 2003) to
benefit a student seeking a degree in education or business.
First preference will given to a female graduate of St.
Mary's School in Natchitoches with a high level of extracurric-
ular activity. Second preference will be given to a female stu-
dent seeking alternative certification. Donaho. a native of
Natchitoches, attended St. Mary's where she played softball and
was involved in other extracurricular activities. After earning
undergraduate and master's degrees, she was a teacher and
coach at St. Mary's for several years before joining the faculty
at Northwestern, where she taught for four years, while remain-
ing actively involved with the St. Mary's Lady Tigers softball
Donaho passed away July 7, 2007.
♦t» The family of Northwestern State University alumni
William A. Daniel Jr. and Edna Ruth Hearron Daniel have
established a memorial scholarship fund through the NSU
Mr. Daniel graduated from Sibley High School and attend-
ed Louisiana State Normal College, now NSU, on the WBA
program. He entered the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942, served
during World War II and retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1963.
He was the primary founder and principal officer of the Daniel
Agency in Morgan City from 1971-1992. He passed away July
Mrs. Daniel was a graduate of Minden High School and
completed undergraduate and graduate degrees in music educa-
tion at Northwestern. She was a professional music educator
and founder of the first band and music program at Patterson
High School, 1963-1970, and was a principal officer of the
Daniel Agency from 1971-1992. She died in 1998.
♦ A Monroe couple has created a scholarship to benefit a
freshman from Montgomery High School attending Northwest-
ern State University. The Bob and Norma Williamson Scholar-
ship will be presented to an entering freshman student in the
amount of $500 per semester. William and Kathy Williamson
created the scholarship to honor his parents.
"They were good, heard working folks who believed in me
and my getting an education and supported me all the way," Mr.
Williamson said. "I wanted to do something in their honor."
Williamson graduated from Montgomery High School in
1957 and earned a degree in accounting at Northwestern in
1961 . He later earned an MBA from Pepperdine University and
is currently the president and CEO of Willstaff Worldwide. The
ideal student to receive the scholarship would be a self-motivat-
ed individual with a desire to succeed, he said, preferably with
an interest in business or accounting.
Northwestern State University received $120,000 in
matching funds from the Louisiana Board of Regents
Support Fund to complete three endowed professor-
ships, the Robert Huie Endowed Professorship in
Nursing, the Bryant & Heloise Lewis Endowed Profes-
sorship in Business and Dr. Francisco A. Silva
Endowed Professorship in Psychology. Shown at the
check presentation are, from left, Louisiana Commis-
sioner of Higher Education Joseph Savoie, North-
western President Dr. Randall J. Webb, Board of
Regents member Scott Brame of Alexandria and
Jimmy Long of Natchitoches, chairman of the Board
of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System.
The Pi Chapter of lota Lambda Sigma, a student engineer-
ing technology fraternity, created a scholarship to benefit
an engineering technology student at Northwestern State
University through a donation to the NSU Foundation. From
left are fraternity charter member Lloyd Ponder (1949),
long-time engineering professor and fraternity sponsor Dr.
Raymond Christensen, Dr. Tom Hall, head of the Depart-
ment of Engineering Technology, and Kevin McCotter .
Second Century continued from page 11
Fans who attend games at these facilities will take
a great sense of pride in the new look. Perhaps
most importantly, the enhanced look of these
facilities will make a positive impression on visi-
tors who simply are taking a tour of the campus.
These enhancements will further illustrate 'this is
a first-class institution.' "
Second Century Circle Visionaries (contribu-
tors of $25,000 or more to the project), Second
Century Circle Pioneers (contributors of $10,000-
$24,999 to the project), and Second Century Cir-
cle Pillars (contributors of $5,000-$9,999 to the
project) will receive naming rights to a pillar of
their choice, recognition on an engraved plaque
at every outdoor facility, recognition in all media
guides, game programs, and on the
NSUDemons.com website for one year, and be
the guests of honor at a project completion cele-
bration and banquet to be held in Spring 2008.
For more information, contact Dr. William
Broussard, executive director of the NSU Athletic
Association, at 318 3574295, or Burke, at 318
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Jeff T. Hennessy is a
retired professor (P.E.),
married and lives in
Howard is a retired
teacher, married and
lives in Shreveport.
Jack T. Gaston is a
physical therapy tech
at Texas Scottish Rite
Hospital for Children,
married and lives in
Flower Mound, Texas.
Marjorie White Tucker
is employed by Rudy
Tucker, Inc. as a real
estate broker and lives
John M. Hicks is
retired, married to Dar-
lene Harms Hicks ('58)
and lives in New
Larry Gates is a retired
and lives in Conway,
John David Moody is
the manager of Desoto
Builders, IMG and
married and lives in
Lambert Wayne Beaty
is retired, married and
lives in Kilgore. Texas.
(Mike) Michael E. Mur-
phy is a certified finan-
cial planner for Ray-
mond James Financial
Services, married to
Sylvia George Murphy
('60) and lives in Kenner.
Loyd J. Huval is a
retired assistant pro-
fessor, married and
lives in Springfield.
Joe D. Cornett is a
retired professor, mar-
ried to Elayne Sutherlin
Cornett ('60) and lives
in Rogers, Ark.
Paul M. Prince retired
from Carthage ISD is
married and lives in
Charles M. Partin is a
retired Col. USA, mar-
ried and lives in
Lora Golden Peacock
is retired and lives in
Marie Blanchard Gaha-
gan is a retired teacher
and lives in Natchi-
Joye Faye Vallery
Synco is a retired
teacher and lives in
Dr. Neil Smith is a
neurologist and lives in
Walter Wilson George
is retired, married and
lives in Bossier City.
Earl G. Yeomans is
retired and lives in
Gary Johnson is
employed by Raytheon
as an engineering
manager and lives in
Medellin is a retired
teacher, married and
lives in Shreveport.
Carol Daniel is a tech
ager at ESPRE Solu-
tions and lives in
Sei Ito is retired and
lives in Pensacola, Fla.
David L. Bedard is a
retired professor, mar-
ried to Carol Grant
Bedard (72) and lives
Catherine Wall Bass is
an adjunct nutrition
instructor for NSU
(Internet Classes) and
lives in Denton, Texas.
Dr. Wayne Horn is
head of submarine
medicine and survival
systems and lives in
Johnny E. Manning is
a purchasing agent for
Boise Cascade and
lives in Natchitoches.
Cindy Thomas Chester
is a retired teacher and
lives in Natchitoches.
Ranes is employed by
the United States
Small Business Admin-
istration as a supervi-
sory loan officer and
lives in Arlington,
Glenda (Susie) Haynes
Lenard is a math
teacher at Ryan High
School and lives in
Paul E. Tickenoff is a
financial and health
services planner for
Tickenoff & Associates,
married and lives in
Fountain Valley, Calif.
Dr. Rodney Feazell (2002) is
pursuing a career in the sciences
that could lead to the development
utilization of hydrogen as an alter-
native energy sources. Feazell, an
inorganic chemist, is a professor of
chemistry at California State Uni-
versity in Sacramento where he
teaches general and advanced inorganic lecture and laboratory
classes. His research interests involves creating small mole-
cule models of enzymes that produce hydrogen, a project that
could help take away the industrial costs of producing hydro-
gen and make it a competitivee alternative with the production
of to fossil fuels.
"It's getting us away from petroleum." he explained.
"The applications of nonpetroleum-based hydrogen are enor-
Feazell has been working in this area 5-6 years and is cur-
rently getting a research program off the ground at CSU. The
project is not his only experience in alternative energy
research. As a graduate student at Baylor University, Feazell
studied catalysis chemistry and photochemistry in which he
explored how light can be harvested and turned into electrici-
ty and developed compounds that make this process more effi-
A graduate of Montgomery High School. Feazell enrolled
at NSU as a biology major intending to pursue a career in med-
"In my junior year. I took a chemistry class and realized I
was going in the wrong direction," he said. "I changed my
major and was running from there."
The applied research aspect of chemistry appealed to
Feazell, whose high school did not offer chemistry classes. His
professor and mentor at NSU, Dr. Martin Rudd, involved
Feazell in the NSU-NASA JOVE (Joint Venture) program in
which students receive a scholarship and work closely with
scientists to develop research and analyze data.
"JOVE was great." be said. "It allowed me to be in the
lab instead of having to work elsewhere."
After graduating from NSU, Feazell earned a Ph.D. in
inorganic chemistry at Baylor, where he learned to operate the
x-ray diffraction instrumentation for the department. This spe-
cialized skill, combined with a background in metal chemistry,
filled a niche needed on a research team at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, where he completed post-doctorate
work. At MIT. he oversaw the operation of the Department of
Chemistry Lippard Labs x-ray diffraction and DNA synthesis
facilities for scientists conducting cancer drug research.
Exploring alternative energy sources and green chemistry
applications have been a conscious part of Feazell's research.
His wife. Dr. Monica Feazell. also a scientist, works for an
environmental company in Sacramento. The couple has an
infant daughter. Sophia.
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Jim Bridges (1985) is vice
president and chief operations
officer of EDS, for the Asia Pacif-
ic region. In this role, Bridges has
operations responsibility for EDS
activities in Greater China, Japan.
Southeast Asia, Australia, New
Zealand and India. Additionally,
Bridges is CEO and chairman of
DIS-EDS Limited, an EDS joint
venture with Daewoo Informa-
tional Systems in South Korea.
He is also a member of the board
of directors for EDS Thailand.
EDS provides a broad portfolio of
business and technology solutions
to help its clients worldwide
improve their business perform-
ance. The company's core portfo-
lio comprises information-tech-
nology, applications, business
process services and information-
technology transformation servic-
According to Bridges, the
1980s was a pivotal and exciting
time to join the emerging field of
"The Macintosh computer
was just being launched, personal
computers were just coming out,
Windows was just being devel-
oped, the internet was making its
first appearance in the public sec-
tor, cell phones were coming out,
IT was moving from a back office
function to an essential part of
doing business," Bridges
explained. "I don't think anyone
could have conceived how the
advance of personal computing,
embedded technology, the internet
and wireless communications
would converge to have the
impact on business and our per-
sonal lives the way they have."
A native of Natchitoches,
Bridges worked his way through
college, but took advantage of the
university from a support-
"Going to NSU allowed me
to hear visiting speakers, see the-
atre performances, go to the sym-
phony, attend Demon athletic
events and enjoy the NSU march-
ing band," he said.
After graduating from NSU,
Bridges joined EDS's Systems
Engineering Development pro-
"It was an intensive course of
study focused on training us to use
technology to solve business
problems," he said. "My area of
specialization was manufacturing.
I had the opportunity to work in
many of General Motors' plants
and be a part of a team that built
the Fort Wayne assembly plant
from the ground up.
From there, Bridges moved
from the technical jobs into a
management career path and was
given the opportunity to be the
account executive for Latin Amer-
ica Customer Experience, based in
Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he lived
for five years. Following that, he
lived for four year in Germany
where he was the EDS client
delivery executive for European
Aftersales, followed by a three-
year position in Detroit, Mich., as
director of global sales service and
marketing. Next, he moved to
Shanghai, China, where he was
the account executive for all of
EDS's General Motors business in
Asia Pacific. He is now in his sec-
ond year in China in his current
position as VP and COO for Asia
Bridges' wife Judy works in
the field of special education.
They have three children, Ben-
jamin and Alexis, who attend col-
lege in the U.S., and Audrey, who
is a high school senior in Shang-
hai. Bridges is also a veteran of
the U.S. Air Force.
During the 2007 Homecom-
ing celebration at NSU, Bridges
was inducted into the College of
Business Hall of Distinction.
Faye Lenette Thorns-
berry Sheffield is
retired, married and
lives in Shreveport.
Mims is employed by
Caddo Parish School
Board as a teacher
and lives in Shreveport.
Dr. Karon Crow Rilling
is an executive princi-
pal for Austin ISD and
lives in Austin, Texas.
Julie Talley Grooms is
employed by the state
of Louisiana as a com-
puter tech and lives in
Karen Yeoman is
employed by the Mis-
souri Department of
Transportation as an
area engineer and
lives in Manchester,
Phyllis Mahfouz Matte
is a lead accountant
for Louisiana Workers
(LWCC) and lives in
Mike Tolar is employed
at Louisiana Tech as
an administrative appli-
manager, married and
lives in Minden.
Valerie J. Andrews is
an assistant professor
at Loyola University
and lives in Metairie.
Ruth Dennis Farmer is
employed by LifeWay
Christian Stores as a
manager and lives in
Stainback is the princi-
pal at Vernon Parish
Optional School, mar-
Mike Stainback (79)
and lives in Leesville.
Martha G. Rivers Hen-
derson is retired and
lives in Zwolle.
Allen H. Rasbury is a
senior claims adjuster
for Deep South and
lives in Haughton.
Cynthia Braxton Briggs
is the officer manager
at Legal Services of
North Louisiana and
lives in Clarence.
Lisa Kaye Wright Yerby
is employed by the
Winn Parish District
Attorney as a child
support specialist, mar-
ried and lives in Winn-
Sanchez is the admin-
at Petroterminal De
Panama, S.A. and
lives in Panama City.
Dennis Tyler is a pho-
mator for Haggin Mar-
keting, Inc. and lives in
San Francisco, Calif.
Ron Thomas is the
minister of education at
Swartz First Baptist
Church and lives in
Edwards is an elemen-
tary teacher at Living
Word Christian Acade-
my, married and lives
is a registered nurse at
USPHS and lives in
Lynne Martin Roberts
is a teacher and soft-
ball coach at Ruston
High School, married
and lives in Ruston.
Judi Abrusley is
employed at Abrusley
Law Office as an attor-
ney and lives in Oakdale.
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Le Ann Gray Skinner is
an assistant principal
for Caddo Parish
School System and
lives in Stonewall.
Ron Cook is employed
at American Airlines as
a chief inspector and
lives in Flower Mound,
Kenneth Scott Ford is
employed by Jefferson
Parish Public School
System as a business
teacher and lives in
Wanda Huhner Ford is
employed by Pulaski
County Special School
District as an English
teacher and lives in
Francis Oyelowo is an
auditor for the State of
Texas, HHSC and lives
in Leander, Texas.
Rev. Gordon Wayne
Bridges is the minister
of music at First Bap-
tist Church Ruston and
lives in Choudrant.
Lisa Richardson Gantt
is employed by Dr.
Mahmoud S. Khalil as
a receptionist and lives
Dr. Mark A. Colomb is
the president/CEO of
My Brother's Keeper,
Inc. and lives in Jack-
Russell is an adjudica-
tions officer for
ried and lives in Grand
Scott P. Buetow is a
logistics coordinator for
Offshore Warriors and
lives in Monroe.
Angela D. Ortega is an
coach at UNC Char-
lotte and lives in Har-
Heidi Sanford Operste-
ny is employed by
Bryan ISD as a first
grade teacher and
lives in Bryan, Texas.
Eric Urena is the
owner of Talon Sys-
tems and lives in
John D. Ray is an
assistant attorney gen-
eral for the Louisiana
Department of Justice
and lives in Baton
Casey M. Reed is the
owner/broker of Centu-
ry 21 Spigener, mar-
ried and lives in
Laurie Coco Moreau is
an accountant for
Pathology Group of
LA, married and lives
in Port Allen.
Karyn Lankford Barrett
is a rehab district
supervisor at Louisiana
and lives in Oakdale.
Jennifer Zimmerle is
employed by National
A-Fence in preferred
Accounts and lives in
Donaldson is the
owner of Castlerock
Mortgage Group and
lives in Bossier City.
Denise Pierce is a
technical writer at
neers and lives in San
Donald W. Horton is a
engineer at Alliance
Compressors and lives
DaShun Howard Baker
is the advertising serv-
ices manager for The
Town Talk and lives in
Kelle Hinson Lyles is a
group benefits special-
ist I in the Office of
Group Benefits, mar-
ried and lives in
Melanie Sue Vaughn
Coile is an assistant
teacher at Humpty
married and lives in
Dr. Gayle Ann Alexan-
dar Juneau is the
executive director of
academic advising at
the University of
Nevada and lives in
Heather H. Honore' is
a graduate research
assistant at Texas A&M
University and lives in
Joseph Parrie is a
webmaster at NSU and
lives in Natchitoches.
Theresa Peterson is a
youth services coun-
selor for the state of
Mississippi and lives in
Angie Long Sexton is
the owner of Environ-
Group, married and
lives in Atlanta, Ga.
LaTarchau Harris is a
middle school math
teacher and teaches
developmental math at
Bossier Parish Com-
munity College. She
lives in Shreveport.
Melissa "Missy" Harris
Stagg is a contract
accounting tech at
CLECO, married and
lives in Pineville.
Jennifer Watts is
employed by Motorola
in motorola acces-
sories and lives in
Paula Brown is teach-
ing on a Naval Air
Base in Sicily, Italy.
Deborah K. Moody is
the general manager at
Finance America Busi-
ness Group and lives
Daniel Paul Jackson is
a PhD student at
married and lives in
Bujar T Namani is a
medic in the United
States Air Force and
stationed at Lackland,
Kelly Watkins is a
musician in the United
State Coast Guard
Band and lives in Nor-
Bryan Hunsaker is a
medical service corps
officer in the United
States Army and lives
in Harker Heights,
Paul R. Rome is
employed at Amsouth
Bank, married and
lives in Knoxville, Tenn.
Clarence Frank is the
director of orchestras
at David Crockett Mid-
dle School and lives in
1938 Dewitt Talmadge Tarlton, Jr.,
Feb. 23, 2006
1946 Richard A. Guillory, Apr. 1, 2007
1951 Dr. Wilhelmena Wise, Natchitoches,
Aug. 21, 2007
1958 Betty Lawrence Perkins, Shreveport,
Sept. 9, 2007
1960 Linda Chaney Murphey,
June 9, 2007
1961 Carroll P. Bennett, Aug. 3, 2007
1970 Cheri L. Hyde Massey, Shreveport,
Oct. 14, 2007
1974 JoAnn Gay, Apr. 2, 2007
1991 Nancy Delahoussaye
1994 Susan Renee Velez Rougeou,
Deer Park, Texas, Aug. 24, 2007
2000 Lt. Cameron N. Hall, Natchitoches
Aug. 15, 2007
2005 Dustin Thomas Dodson
2005 Malcolm Henry Villarrubia III,
Mar. 19, 2007
Betty Perkins, Sept. 9, 2007
Robert L. Browning is
a percussionist in the
United States Air Force
Band, married and
lives in San Antonio.
Patricia Pratt Franks is
a legal secretary at
Dunahoe Law Firm,
married and lives in
Ramsen Sayad is a
senior associate at
Frost, Ruttenberg &
Rothblatt and lives in
Buffalo Grove, III.
Kyle Brent Thomas is
employed by the Unit-
ed States Navy as an
and investment budget
director and lives in
Jill Morgan is an event
coordinator for Time
Warner and lives in Irv-
Christopher Taylor is a
human resource man-
ager for Ingram Barge
Company, married and
lives in Livingston.
Melissa McMillin is an
account manager at
ment Solutions, Inc,
and lives in Natchi-
Roberts is a drug and
alcohol therapist for
Gulf Coast Mental
Health and lives in
Sarah Willis Carson is
a teacher and lives in
Brett Chiquet is a grad-
uate student at
lives in Houston,
Chad Christian Pyle is
employed by Capital
One Bank as a sys-
tems engineer, married
and lives in Baton
Kelly Rine Ramos is
employed by Crest
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Through the efforts and contributions of alumni and N Club members, a lasting
memorial was placed atop Turpin Stadium in September 1981.
The dedication of a 12-foot high N in memory of E.H. Gilson once again gave the
campus a symbol to look up to. The first N was painted on the water tower built in
1933 and was symbolic of the spirit of the Normal School. As one former student who
hitchhiked to Natchitoches said, "When I could see the N I knew I was in walking dis-
The trademark was removed in 1962 when the Physical Plant expanded. The new
N, which was designed by Superneon of Shreveport, is 12 feet high, 10 feet wide,
made of plexiglass, enamel and porcelain and was internally lit by fluorescent tubes.
The one-ton monument was lifted to the top of the stadium by crane in time for the
Sept. 12, 1981 football game against Angelo State.
In 1969, the Northwestern Neptune
Club was famous for its synchro-
nized shows and diving group that
annually performed a winter water
show. Can you name these swimmers
and divers? The first five readers to
call the Alumni Center at (318) 357-
4414 will win a prize.
Congratulations to the follow
ing individuals who correctly identi-
fied Northwestern cheerleaders from
1965. They were kneeling Pam Rush-
ing and Ann Kovar. Standing were
Judy Gowland, Tommy Watson and
Pat Luttrell- 1968
Judy Gowland Edwards- 1 968
Baton Rouge, LA
Operations as. an
accountant and lives in
John Birch is a gradu-
ate assistant at James
married and lives in
Lisa Lasyone Smith is
the branch manager at
WESTAFF and lives in
Lennie Gremillion Bor-
delon is a senior inter-
nal auditor at Century-
Tel and lives in West
Amanda Owens is a
graphic design assis-
tant at BFA-Graphic
Design and lives in
Browning is employed
by Hannis T Bourgeois
as an auditor and lives
in Greenwell Springs.
Joey Guillory is a res-
piratory therapist at
Center and lives in
Christopher Pearson is
a print shop manager
for Choice Brands, Inc.
and lives in Monroe.
Chris Bankovic is a
programmer analyst for
Resources and lives in
Janelle McCauley is an
athletic trainer at St.
Francis Cabrini Hospi-
tal and lives in Dry
Christy Rene' Groves
is a gifted teacher at
Glen Oaks Park Ele-
mentary School, grad-
uate student at LSI)
pursuing a MA in gifted
education and lives in
Kathryn Priest Ric-
cobono is a sales rep-
resentative for Liberty
Mutual, married and
lives in Durham, N.C.
Lisa Crandall is a web-
master for Eagle Sys-
tems and Services, Inc
and lives in Fayet-
Corley is employed by
LaSalle Parish School
Board as a first grade
teacher, married to
Jake Corley ('03) and
lives in Trout.
LaToya Jones is a law
student at Southern
University Law Center
and lives in Baton
Tracy Leeper Bobbitt is
a systems analyst for
State Farm and lives in
Regina Wyatt Hall is a
database analyst for
Amerisafe and lives in
O'Quinn is employed
by Alpine Banks of
Colorado and lives in
Lisa McQueeney is a
legal assistant at Vene-
tian Casino Hotel &
Resort and lives in Las
Jessica Philbrook is a
systems instructor at
Bossier Parish Com-
munity College and
lives in Minden.
William Messick is an
executive officer in the
United State Army and
lives in Belton, Texas.
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The Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band entertained the crowds at the Oct. i New
Orleans Saints football game, opening a halftime show with Carl Orff s Carmina Burana, specially
arranged for the Demon Band by Associate Director of Bands Kevin Richardson (1997). The show
concluded with an arrangement of "When the Saints Go Marching In," with a fleur de lis formation,
followed by a Saints spell-out. It was the third occasion for the band to entertain during a Saints game.
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